Oisin Murphy, one of Britain’s leading flat jockeys, began his racing career as an apprentice with Andrew Balding in 2013. There Oisin found immediate success with victory in the 2013 Ayr Gold Cup, a card on which he rode 4 back-to-back winners. Oisin carried this form into the 2014 season, winning the Champion Apprentice title with 91 wins including victory aboard Hot Streak in the Temple Stakes, in turn becoming the youngest ever jockey to win a British Champion Series race. This win for owners Qatar lead to Oisin becoming the number one jockey for the operation, a position he has held since 2016.
2017 was a breakthrough year for Oisin with his first win at Group 1 level on-board Aclaim on Arc day in the Prix de la Foret for trainer Martyn Meade. This success, was followed just two weeks later with another Group 1 victory, this time partnering Blond Me for mentor Andrew Balding over at Woodbine in the E.P. Taylor Stakes. This season, Oisin has continued to show us why he is one of Europe’s leading jockeys, driving Benbatl to victory on Dubai World Cup night for owners Godolphin in the Dubai Turf.
Oisin went from strength to strength in 2018. Murphy, who rode 198 winners domestically in 2018 but over 200 when overseas wins are added in, registered an impressive nine at Group 1 level. Four of the top level successes were enjoyed on Roaring Lion who Oisin struck up a formidable relationship with. Oisinwas crowned Flat Jockey of the Year at the Stobart Lesters.
A natural horseman, renowned for getting the best out of his mounts, racing is in Oisin’s blood with a great part of his equine education coming from uncle and three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Jim Culloty. When not riding for Qatar racing, as well as countless trainers, Oisin is kept busy with his duties as an ambassador for the British Champion Series.